A year ago, I made a post about this mental illness, but I couldn't recover my old account. So here I come again, with new drawing ideas to show you!

I've been struggling with bipolar disorder since I was 16 years old, but I was diagnosed at 18. Talking about my mental health used to be very scary, so expressing my heart and mind with these black and white drawings became my way of surviving.

Today I'm 25 years old and even though I've become more assertive thanks to years of therapy and self-help, nothing feels as great as creating these intense pencil sketches... I get to feel relieved every time I finish an artwork, but the best part of making these drawings is getting people interested in bipolar disorder, inviting them to read more about it. I believe these cool drawings are a beautiful way to help, within my possibilities, to end stigma and discrimination against mental disorders.

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#1

Distress

Distress

Made in 2017. (Phase: depression)

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Melissa
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2 years ago

I really love this

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I have loved drawing since I was maybe 3 or 4 years old. My family would gift me art materials and sometimes we would visit art museums so I could copy some of the artworks I liked, just for fun. When I turned 15 years old, I bought a set of graphite pencils, as I was deeply interested in learning how to draw realistic portraits.

At first, it felt like an impossible wish, but I practiced almost every day for two years. As a result, I learned different drawing techniques and I became a very observant person, but I still felt like there was something missing in my artworks. I think it wasn’t until 2018, when I was 24, that I started developing my own style by adding distortions to my drawings.

#2

Identity

Identity

Made in 2016. (Phase: psychosis)

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Isabella Diaz
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2 years ago

This is really deep

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#3

Delusion

Delusion

Made in 2017. (Phase: psychosis)

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Kisses4Katie
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3 months ago

This is art, please don’t censor

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I come up with ideas when watching performance dancers, specially contortionist dancers. I believe that they express emotions very powerfully with their bodies. I enjoy doing that through my drawings as well, drawing expressive poses and adding visual distortions in order to express my state of mind.

#4

Self-Stigma

Self-Stigma

Made in 2016. (Phase: depression)

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Bluebell Rizzi
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2 years ago

I relate to this one so much <3

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#5

Prone

Prone

Made in 2019. (Phase: mixed episode)

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dmittie
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2 years ago

I feel this juxtaposed entanglement a lot ~ extremely well done artistically.

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Francis Bacon has been a great inspiration to me. I used to think that showing strong emotions in any way was something shameful or wrong.  I also used to be deeply scared about people thinking that I have a disturbed mind, but I stopped caring about that since I saw Francis Bacon's artworks for the first time, in San Francisco.

I do think it's difficult to develop a unique artistic style nowadays. It is a long process to get there, and yet, maybe one day there will be someone found who makes something similar, but I don't think that is wrong. I believe in the collective conscience.

#6

Trapped

Trapped

Made in 2017. (Phase: derealization)

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Myrthe Klompmaker
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2 years ago

I know this feeling unfortunately. Everyday of my life.

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#7

Paroxysm

Paroxysm

Made in 2016. (Phase: mixed episode)

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Melissa
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2 years ago

I think this is one of my favorites! So much emotion captured

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The response to my art has been very touching. My family and friends have been really supportive and I became friends with a few people who contacted me to tell how my artworks spoke to them.

I also got contacted by a film producer, so they could use one of my artworks on their mental health documentary, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness. I never thought any of these things would happen. I'm really thankful.

#8

Demoralized

Demoralized

Made in 2018. (Phase: mixed episode)

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dmittie
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2 years ago

I feel this one all too deeply.

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#9

Manic

Manic

Made in 2013. (Phase: mania)

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Melissa
Community Member
2 years ago

You really capture these states of mind so well

#10

Broken

Broken

Made in 2012. (Phase: depression)

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Rebecca Henderson
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2 years ago

The look in the eyes is so very well captured. I understand that persons current deep feelings. So lost & scared

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#11

Untitled

Untitled

Made in 2014. (Phase: mixed episode)

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Melissa
Community Member
2 years ago

This almost messes with my eyes, and the color is so well done

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#12

Phantom

Phantom

Made in 2019. (Phase: depression/anorexia recovery)

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Summer Mason
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2 months ago

Been there. 21 to 27 years old. Worst days of my life. I couldn't love myself for who I was. Then i had my beautiful daughter. She taught me to love myself. I pray your okay now too. I love your art.

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#13

Unloved

Unloved

Made in 2011. (Phase: depression)

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Jodi Baer
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3 months ago

I am stunned to see my feelings depicted like this right in front of me…

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#14

I Am What I Have Always Hated

I Am What I Have Always Hated

Made in 2011. (Phase: mixed episode)

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KCN
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2 years ago

My heart hurts for you in this drawing.

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#15

Memories

Memories

Made in 2017. (Phase: mania)

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CookieNeerrrrd
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2 years ago

This one made my eyes go fuzzy...

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#16

Snowflake

Snowflake

Made in 2011. (Phase: depression)

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Sarah Storm
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2 years ago

I live with depression constantly and I recognize that look. I'm never gonna be good enough, I know I'm not enough, everything is just empty.

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#17

Destruction

Destruction

Made in 2011. (Phase: mixed episode)

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Lori Bradley
Community Member
2 years ago

I live with BiPolar also, these works are incredibly moving, thankyou for sharing 🧡

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